Harris Public Policy
Maria Angélica Bautista’s research focuses on the political, economic, and social consequences of state-led repression. In her research she studies the case of military dictatorship in Chile based on a unique dataset she collected. She also explores the extent to which repression affected individual political preferences, behavior, and economic outcomes by comparing subjects who were victims of political torture or imprisonment by the state to unaffected citizens. She also studies the heterogeneous effects and the intergenerational consequences of repression.
In a parallel research collaboration, she is studying the experience of the Colombian paramilitary groups that demobilized in 2006. Her goal is to develop a better understanding of how paramilitary groups used violence to different extents and to explore, at a micro level, how violence is used in building institutions.
Bautista received her PhD in political science from Brown University. She graduated from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, with a BA and MA in economics.